History | Aug 29 2018

On This Day: James Toney defeated fellow boxing wizard Mike McCallum in middleweight rematch

James Toney and Mike McCallum engaged in August 29, 1992 sequel
James Toney

1. OPINION was divided, among the judges and observers, about who won the first encounter between ring wizards Mike McCallum and James Toney on December 13 1991. The officials scored a draw, while plenty watching from ringside and on television made convincing cases for both McCallum and Toney.

2. THAT middleweight showdown was originally intended to be a unification fight with McCallum’s WBA belt and Toney’s IBF strap on the line. But only Toney’s trophy was up for grabs when the Jamaican veteran refused to pay WBA mandatory contender Steve Collins a $50,000 step aside fee.

3. THE important rematch was set for August 29 at the Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. Despite the importance of the fight, and the quality on offer, the bout was far from a sell-out.


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